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This Week In Tewksbury: April Vacation Carnival, Board of Health, Robert Frost Event

This is the last week to contact the DPW if you would like to request a street tree in front of your house. Learn more. 

Parents looking for fun activities this week can grab tickets to the All New Shriners Circus, which runs Wed. through Sunday. Find tickets and details here. Or, head to Wakefield for the return of the annual April Vacation Week Carnival, starting Tuesday, April 19 from 6 – 10 p.m. and running Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2 -10 p.m., and on Saturday, April 23 from noon to 10 p.m. Learn more about ticket deals. 

Or, check out our state parks for plenty of free and low-cost events. 

And, grab your tickets now for the TMHS Theater Company’s production of Mamma Mia, running April 28 through 30, and pencil in the Wynn Drama Club’s presentation of The Internet is Distract … Oh Look a Kitten running April 28 & 29 at 7 p.m. at the Wynn. Tickets are available at the door.

Monday, April 18

Happy Patriots Day!

Tuesday, April 19

Galilee Cafe
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church

The new Galilee Café at Tewksbury Congregational Church, located at 10 East St., will serve a free community spaghetti dinner. The church invites everyone in the community to attend. Dine in or to go.

How To Become A Foster Parent
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library

Foster parenting is a service that allows people to assist needy children during times of crisis. Children come into care almost every single day in the Greater Lowell area. Hear from a foster parent and social worker about how you can make a significant, positive influence in their lives. The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families serves children of all ages — from infants to adolescents — from every community — who need a home. You can be single, married, partnered, divorced, or widowed. You can rent or own a home. Time spent with you in a stable and secure environment gives a child a chance to heal. The rewards of providing daily care, guidance and acceptance to a child are immeasurable. Register below. Sponsored by Massachusetts DCF and the Friends of the Library. REGISTER

Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Library, Limited to 10 with a five-person waiting list

The Greater Lowell Health Alliance, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Lowell General Hospital, invites Tewksbury residents to participate in a 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment Focus Group. By taking part in this 60-minute focus group, you are advocating for your community and what you believe should be prioritized in the next three years in regard to community health, safety, and resources. Your input is confidential and will be used to help leaders make decisions about funding, implementing programs, and other critical community decisions. REGISTER

See what else is going on this week at TPL on the library events calendar.

Wed., April 20

Conservation Commission
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Conservation Commission will consider a number of requests for Determinations of Applicability, which is when a petitioner is unsure if a project is subject to the Wetlands Protection Act and/or within the jurisdiction of the Commission. South St., Vale St. and Leighton Lane are among the addresses affected. There are also two Notices of Intent for projects on Frasier Lane and Highland View Rd. that are subject to the Act and require approval from the Commission. AGENDA

Thursday. April 21

Small Business Expo Boston
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Westin Seaport

Small-business owners looking for inspiration can get a free expo hall and workshops pass. The Small Business Expo series is billed as America’s Largest Business-to-Business Trade Show, Conference & Networking Event for Small Business Owners, Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups.” Find more information here. 

Board of Health
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Town Hall or catch the meeting on Tewksbury TV or Comcast (99) or Verizon (33)

The Board of Health will reorganize, then discuss safe serving of frozen desserts and hear from representatives of Dandi-Lyons about minimum sanitization standards. The BoH will also receive an update on the situation at Oliviera Farm on Marston St., which has documented cases of animals being kept in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, with the potential for cross-contamination and disease with wild animals in town. AGENDA

Outdoor Walking Tour of the Grounds of Tewksbury Hospital
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Public Health Museum

Enjoy a bright spring day walking the grounds of the Tewksbury hospital with the Public Health Museum’s one hour historical tour. These tours happen Thursdays and Saturdays during April and May, weather permitting. Sign up ahead here. $10 per person, cash or charge.

Friday, April 22

Voter Registration Event
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Town Hall

If you are not yet registered to vote in Tewksbury and would like to take part in Special Town Meeting on May 4, this is the final day to register. Note that to vote at Annual Town Meeting on May 2 & 4, you need to have registered by March 11. Learn more.

Saturday, April 23

Walking In The Woods With Robert Frost
Time: 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Library, in person

In recognition of National Poetry Month, see nature through the words of America’s most-loved poet! Author and poet Jeffrey Zygmont will recite a selection of poems about nature by Robert Frost, using Frost’s expressive and much-loved poetry to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of New England’s natural environment. Each delivery is followed by commentary about the experiences and emotions expressed in the poem, and background on Frost’s life that gives us insight into the poem’s origin and intention. This lively discussion is a celebration of both New England nature and Robert Frost’s unique gift for capturing it in poetry. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Register here.

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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